(BIVN) – The summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa are closed to the public due to powerful winds.
The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a High Wind Warning, which is in effect until 6 a.m. HST Sunday.
“A strong low pressure area is approaching the state from the north,” forecasters wrote on Friday. “This low will lead to strong winds aloft that will affect the highest summits.”
West winds of 50 to 65 mph will impact the highest elevations, with localized gusts over 80 mph at times.
Mauna Kea rangers say the road to the summit is closed at the Visitor Information Station due to high winds on the summit.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park says the summit of Mauna Loa beyond Red Hill Cabin is closed due to high wind conditions.
Hawaii County Civil Defense also issued a message at 1 p.m. HST, alerting residents to the conditions.
by Big Island Video News
HAWAII ISLAND - The summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa are closed as localized gusts over 80 mph are expected at the highest elevations, forecasters say.